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tonybowles Contributing Editor
8mo New York City, NY, United States Story
What’s New In 2017: Israel Thrives As Tourism Hot-Spot With New Hotels, Restaurants, Cruises, Attractions & More

Israel has long drawn travelers for its historical significance, cultural attractions and iconic landmarks, but this year, the bucket-list destination will also beckon tourists with brand new hotels, restaurants, markets, museum attractions, cruises, flights, and more! A country where travelers have a chance to experience an unparalleled combination of new and old, it’s easy to see why Israel is garnering much-deserved praise in 2017.

Hotel Openings:

  • W Tel Aviv – Slated to open in in Tel Aviv’s ancient district of Jaffa in May 2017, the W is the first full-service high-design hotel of its size in Tel Aviv that will offer guests the best in luxury. The eclectic hotel will be located less than 10 minutes by foot from Jaffa Port and legendary beaches on the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The Setai Tel Aviv – An ancient stone structure, which has stood the test of time since the Crusader era, will become home to the most exclusive hotel in Tel Aviv. The 7-star hotel balances the desire to give each guest the ultimate pampering sensation with the need to respect every aspect of its historic building. Located just steps from Jaffa’s famous Clock Square as well as the beach, the prestigious hotel will feature 115 rooms and suites, a luxury lounge bar, Jaffa-style chef restaurant and magnificent spa.
  • The Setai Sea of Galilee – Also opening later this year, the luxury hotel will overlook magnificent panoramas of the Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee and Galilee region. Guests can relax in the 110 spacious suites, and enjoy complete privacy in their own suite-adjacent pool or heated jacuzzi. The property will boast Israel’s largest spa complex, including indoor pools, massage rooms, pampering Turkish baths and a well-equipped gym. The hotel will also feature a special Galilean restaurant with a rich, extensive menu.
  • Bezalel, Jerusalem – The new boutique hotel, Bezalel is situated in the heart of Jerusalem, in a restored landmark building. With 37 rooms and plenty of character, the hotel will also feature a restaurant with a menu comprised of traditional Jerusalem styles, with all ingredients sourced from the nearby Mahane Yehudah Market.


  • Agamon Market – Slated to open in Israel’s Upper Galilee in April 2017, the spacious shopping center, the market will offer a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee shops and a wide-ranging authentic Galilean farmer's market.


  • New Exhibits at Israel Museum – Beginning in June 2017, The Israel Museum will exhibit installations by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. The exhibition, titled “Ai Weiwei: One and the Multitude” will feature four works by the artist. Running through April 2017, the Israel Museum will also feature “Francisco Goya: Daydreams and Nightmares,” which showcases the paintings and prints of Francisco Goya, examining the development of the artist’s subject matter and technique. The exhibition displays works that have never before been displayed in Israel and marks the most extensive collaboration to date between the Israel Museum and the Prado Museum as well as celebrates Spanish-Israeli diplomatic ties.
  • The Tel Aviv White City Heritage Center – Tel Aviv is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique architecture, home to the largest amount of International 'Bauhaus' style buildings in the world (4,000). The city of Tel Aviv has decided to open a center dedicated to this architecture, in partnership with the German Federal Government.
  • Tel Aviv's New Beach Boardwalk – Tel Aviv will complete the renovation of the beach promenade that was originally built in the 1970's. The renovations commenced in 2013 and include a massive refurbishment and upgrade along the coastline, creating a bridge between the city and the sea. The entire underground infrastructure is being replaced, upgraded, and made suitable for people with disabilities.


  • Crystal Cruises – The cruise line will return to the Holy Land for the first time since 2012 as part of the 2017 annual President’s Cruise aboard the Crystal Symphony ship, sailing from Rome to Dubai on November 4, 2017. The trip, hosted by Crystal Cruises Chairman, President and CEO Edie Rodrigues, will feature calls Haifa and Ashdod, Israel.

Flight News: 

  • United Airlines – Beginning March 30, 2017, United will fly nonstop between Tel Aviv, Israel and San Francisco, CA (SFO). This is in addition to our current nonstop service between New York, NY (EWR) and Tel Aviv, Israel. These routes connect the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and New York City directly to the high-tech market in Israel.
  • Air Transat – This year, Air Transat will be offering direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv. Also available from Toronto with a connection in Montreal, this nonstop flight between the Montréal–Trudeau airport and the David Ben-Gurion international airport of Tel Aviv will operate twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays, from June 18 until late October. Transat will also be offering an array of packages, guided tours and hotels for discovering Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as the region's many tourist attractions.


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Anthony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He has had the privilege of interviewing today’s most well-known celebrities as well as being in the entertainment and fashion world.

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